Chrissy and I first met a few years at our local Costco after church one morning. I was shopping with Brian and she was with her husband and adorable son Waylon. She came right up to me to tell me she followed my blog and that we went to the same church and that she just wanted to say hello. It literally made my month—how much fun is it for someone to say that they read the stuff you put out there on the Internet?! But more than that, it sparked a true friendship that I am so grateful for. Chrissy is a soulful, talented mom of two who has been entrepreneurial for as long as she can remember. (She also has a gorgeous Instagram account you all need to follow!) Today she shares how she balances work and family and why it’s important to let yourself fail every once in a while.
First things first, tell us a little bit about your family and where you live.
Well I’m married to a surfer boy that was born and raised in SoCal so my northern Californian high school self would have give me major props ha ha! We have two boys Waylon (4) and Ezekiel “Zeke” (9 months). We live in north county San Diego and we love it! Oh goodness how do I describe all that I do? Im a working/stay-at-home mom. I work very part-time in my private practice as a marriage and family therapist, I’m a lifestyle photographer, and writer over at chrissypowers.com.
Which came first, the babies or the business?
I have been an MFT (marriage family therapist) for 6 years so that came first, plus I met my husband while in graduate school. After having our first son Waylon I started blogging as a way to document his life and my journey through motherhood. Since then it’s grown and become a place to write and experiment creatively with all my interests. It’s hard balancing work, photography, blogging and family but it’s worth the effort and my family always comes first.
At age 7 I went door to door in our neighborhood selling pictures I drew for 10 cents each or selling lemonade in our driveway, or, yes, even selling my Barbie dream house for $50 when I was 10 years old.
What made you decide to be an entrepreneur?
I have always been an entrepreneur. Seriously, at age 7 I went door to door in our neighborhood selling pictures I drew for 10 cents each or selling lemonade in our driveway, or, yes, even selling my Barbie dream house for $50 when I was 10 years old. I think it energized me and stimulated my brain to be creating and profiting from my creations. It has always been gratifying to me so I guess it’s come natural for me to be an entrepreneur. My father is a very wise business man and we have always had a special relationship, like we get each other’s crazy, haha! We’re both wired the same way so I’ve always had him to look up to, pattern things after and hear him cheering me on.
Are you a morning person or a night person?
I’ve had to learn to be both. Mornings with my children are precious; we play, watch a show together, I drink coffee…I know I’m going to miss these mornings when they’re gone. I get most of my work done at night, but past 11:00pm I usually can’t hang.
Coffee or tea? (Or are you a unicorn who does not need caffeine?!)
Coffee! Nope not a unicorn. I need coffee for the smell, the taste of comfort and the ritual of it more than the caffeine but it helps.
What does your morning routine look like? What time do you get up? What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Get up at 6:30am, get my boys playing happily while I have coffee, read thing short and positive, maybe journal a thought or prayer and check emails.
Balance—we can’t do this interview and not talk about it! Mostly because I’m desperate to know all of your secrets. How do you make it work?
Haha! To be very truthful I struggle with this daily. I have this terrible habit of trying to stretch time and thinking I can do it all. But as I struggle I learn what works and what doesn’t, what’s important and what is really worth my time. I have to multitask to get anything done. Often times I nurse Zeke while editing photos or letting him play with paper at my feet, Waylon gets some tv time or plays with Legos and I use that time to edit or write. And I answer emails on my phone when I can. I try my best to not work when my husband gets home and he often goes to bed before me so then I’ll finish up a project. But there are some days I feel stressed and guilty for not being a present mother or wife so I listen to something encouraging while I drive around town with the boys and that seriously helps me focus on what matters.
I have this terrible habit of trying to stretch time and thinking I can do it all. But as I struggle I learn what works and what doesn’t, what’s important and what is really worth my time.
Childcare is a big factor—what’s been working for you? Nanny, daycare or the stay-at-home/work-at-home life? Or do your kids go to school now?
I need a good babysitter a couple times a week for sure, but I just haven’t taken that plunge yet. I rely on the kids’ grandma when I go to an occasional event or to shoot photos. I see clients in my private practice at night so my husband watches the boys then. Waylon is in preschool now so that has helped some but I also have great friends with boys the same age as him, we set up play dates and they’re able help me out if I’m in a bind. I really do rely a lot on my community of mothers….it takes a village right?!
How do you make room for personal time for yourself? When you do get down time, what do you do to relax, refresh and/or get inspired?
The thing about being an entrepreneur is that work relaxes me. So weird but I love editing photos with a glass of wine at night. But lately I’ve realized I do need more down time so I sometimes force myself to watch a Netflix show. Running and working out also relaxes me; I exercise probably 4 times a week and it’s enough to give me the mental break. To find inspiration I love looking through magazines and other blogs and social media accounts from women I admire…like you!
Be gracious with yourself. It’s okay to fail, in fact it’s good to fail. Its what you do after failing that matters.
What one bit of advice would you give to a fellow mompreneur trying to make it all work?
Be gracious with yourself. It’s okay to fail, in fact it’s good to fail. Its what you do after failing that matters. I’ve learned most from trying things and not having them work out. Also let go of mom guilt (I will if you will, haha!) At the end of the day my children know they are loved, I smother them with kisses and words of affirmation and I think that’s what they will remember from their childhood. Let go of what doesn’t work, focus on what does work, and surround yourself with people that breathe life into you.
Thank you for taking the time to share with us, Chrissy! You’re so inspiring to me :)